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Zanzibar is located in the Indian Ocean, approximately 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast. It is actually an archipelago consisting of Zanzibar and the Pemba Islands, and several smaller islands and islets. Most visitors come to visit Unguia, more commonly known as Zanzibar Island. There are more than twenty-five gorgeous, palm-fringed beaches found on Zanzibar, where brilliant white sands are lapped by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Near the beaches are picturesque fishing villages where people live as they have for centuries. Rich coral reefs and azure lagoons offer world class scuba diving, snorkeling and deep-sea fishing. Stone Town, which is said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa, is the heart of Zanzibar, where little has changed over the past 200 years. Itís a maze of winding alleys, narrow streets, white washed buildings, bustling bazaars, and mosques and grand Arab houses. Just a few kilometers from Stone Town are several islets such as Chumbe, Chapwani, Bawe and Prison Islands, which are good for day trips with excellent snorkeling and diving available. There are many anchorages on this mystical island, but it is advised to anchor directly off Stone Town, close to the port, on arrival, to facilitate the customs and immigration formalities.


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